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Archive Year 2022


Green Lab Promotion

New Green Labs Certification Program

December 13, 2022
This quarter, sustainNU launched a new Green Labs Certification program, similar to our existing Green Office Certification, to help lab users adopt more sustainable practices. This voluntary certification program engages campus partners in best practices for sustainable lab management and operations, without sacrificing research quality or lab safety.
A hand turns off a light switch under a sign reading "lights out"

Prepare for Winter Recess

December 13, 2022
The upcoming winter recess is a time for our campus community to recharge and renew. During this time, Facilities identifies locations where temperatures can be reduced, lighting turned off, and fans minimized in some unoccupied spaces.
A group of Northwestern students in shirts that read "trash tacklers" stand in front of the football stadium.

Zero Waste Ryan Field Pilot

December 13, 2022
Northwestern’s Associated Student Government (ASG) Sustainability Committee partnered with sustainNU to pilot a “zero waste” football game, testing the concept of having fan-facing compost collection bins in Ryan Field. While there is a long way to go to get to zero waste at Ryan Field, much was learned from this pilot that will inform progress in the future.


Earth Month 2022 Wrap-Up

May 17, 2022
Thank you for celebrating Earth Month with sustainNU! Our events engaged students, faculty, and staff in practicing sustainability in their daily lives.


Climate Change and Chicago Winters

March 1, 2022
Whether you’re a Chicagoland native or a freshman from California experiencing your first Windy City winter, it’s not hard to understand why Chicago is infamous for having one of the harshest winters in the country. In the winter season, Chicago gets an average 28.1 inches of snowfall and has an average temperature of 26.4°F, but the wind from Lake Michigan can sometimes make it feel like it’s colder than Siberia. However, with climate change, Chicago winters are – well – changing.

Meet Northwestern’s ’21 - ‘22 Ameresco Internship Students, Maurya Patel and Ensar Biscevic

March 1, 2022
To achieve significant energy savings, Northwestern is partnering with Ameresco, Inc., a leading cleantech company specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy, to reduce the University’s carbon footprint. In addition to providing energy management, Ameresco employs two full-time co-op internships each quarter for science or engineering students who are interested in energy and sustainability.

Go Green with OZZI

March 1, 2022
A new reusable container program has been rolled out in the dining halls on campus. Last quarter, many of the reusable containers were not returned leaving the program depleted and a lot of reusable containers lost to the landfill. Northwestern Dining and Student Affair worked to reinstate the program, rolling out the new, green OZZI containers at the end of January.